Devotional

Devotional

Are You Ready to Die?

The following is the text of a devotional address to the members of Reformation Presbyterian Church at our annual congregational meeting, held at Calvary Presbyterian Church in Norfolk, Virginia, on January 19, 2022: But Jesus answered them, saying, “The hour has come that the Son of Man should be glorified. Most assuredly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it produces much grain. He who…

New Testament Puritanism

The Puritans are often maligned as “legalistic” or even “gloomy and morose” by those who, it would seem, have little familiarity with their writings, or with the depth of their pastoral sensitivity and devotion to God. B. B. Warfield was a professor at Princeton Seminary during the great controversy between biblical Christianity and theological liberalism during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. He was a beloved professor and friend of J. Gresham Machen, who would, along with others in…

Cultivating Communion with God

Communion with God is the birthright of every heir of the redemption purchased by Christ. There is no greater blessing that creatures made in the image of God can possess or conceive of than communion with God. This was the very first lesson that God taught man in the day that he was created. In the beginning, God created man with the capacity to glorify and enjoy Him—to commune with Him in knowledge, righteousness, and holiness (Gen. 1:26-27). God further…

A Meditation for the Lord’s Day: December 27, 2020

  The situation would surely have been hopeless had the very majesty of God not descended to us, since it was not in our power to ascend to Him. Hence, it was necessary for the Son of God to become for us Immanuel, that is, God with us, and in such a way that His divinity and our human nature might by mutual connection grow together. Otherwise, the nearness would not have been near enough, nor the affinity sufficiently firm,…

A Meditation for the Lord’s Day: December 20, 2020

“The marvelous truth is, that being the Word, so far from being Himself contained by anything, He actually contained all things in Himself. In creation He is present everywhere, yet is distinct in being from it; ordering, directing, giving life to all, containing all, yet is He Himself the Uncontained, existing solely in His Father…Existing in a human body, to which He Himself gives life, He is still the Source of life to all the universe, present in every part…

A Meditation for the Lord’s Day: December 13, 2020

Christ is the Image of God, the brightness of God’s glory, and the express image of His person (2 Cor. 4:4; Col. 1:15; Heb. 1:3). In Christ, the invisible God has become visible. Whoever sees Him sees the Father (John 14:9). Whoever wants to know who God is and what He is must behold the Christ. As Christ is, such is the Father. Further, Christ is the Word of God (John 1:1 and Rev. 19:13). In Him the Father has…

What is Prayer? (Part 2)

In a previous post, I mentioned that one of my favorite books on prayer is Eric Alexander’s, Prayer: A Biblical Perspective. You can find that little volume at The Banner of Truth here. After offering a few thoughts about what prayer is NOT, he goes on to address what prayer actually is. He begins by insisting that prayer is very hard to define. While the Bible has a great deal to say about prayer, and sets it before us as the most…

What is Prayer? (Part 1)

The Westminster Shorter Catechism asks and answers the question, “What is prayer?” in Q. 98. “Prayer is an offering up of our desires unto God, for things agreeable to His will, in the name of Christ, with confession of our sins, and thankful acknowledgment of His mercies.” (See Ps. 10:17; 62:8; Matt. 7:7-8; 1 Jn. 5:14; Jn. 16:23-24; Ps. 32:5-6; Dan. 9:4-19; 1 Jn. 1:9; Ps. 103:1-5; Ps. 136; Phil. 4:6-7). Prayer is the active response of the believing heart…

Joy in Heaven

“I say to you that…there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine just persons who need no repentance…there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents” (Luke 15:7, 10). A Presbyterian pastor named Benjamin Morgan Palmer was known as “the pastor of New Orleans” because of his faithful ministry to the sick during the yellow fever epidemics in that city in 1858, 1867, and 1878. He…

The LORD Reigns

“The LORD reigns, He is clothed with majesty; the LORD is clothed, He has girded Himself with strength. Surely the world is established, so that it cannot be moved. Your throne is established from of old; You are from everlasting” (Ps. 93:1-2). One of the most prominent themes in the Psalms is that of the sovereignty of God over all things. Not only is it true that God rules over all things for His own glory, but for the believer…

The LORD Surrounds His People

“Those who trust in the LORD are like Mount Zion, which cannot be moved, but abides forever. As the mountains surround Jerusalem, so the LORD surrounds His people from this time forth and forever” (Ps. 125:1-2). In the Old Covenant, Mount Zion was the place God chose to reveal Himself. It was on Mount Zion that Jerusalem, the city of God, was established. It was on Mount Zion that God’s anointed king, David, had his throne. It was on Mount…

God’s Promise of a Seed

“And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her Seed; He shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel” (Gen. 3:15). The Bible teaches us that every form of suffering is a result of the sin of our first parents, Adam and Eve. God had created man “in His own image…male and female He created them” (Gen. 1:26). He blessed the man and the woman He made and gave them dominion…